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Our Community, Our Health: Starting A National Conversation About Health Research

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header-picturesOur Community, Our Health (OCOH) is a town hall meeting to facilitate two-way communication between the community and researchers. It is a vehicle to share ideas about priorities for health research, a way to communicate research findings and a way to blend ideas for research from multiple stakeholders across the country.

Here’s how it works: Each event has both a physical audience and people from various locations tuning in via live-stream. Sites hosting local events begin with a community reception and local updates. Then, all sites join a brief, live-streamed town hall comprised of health researchers, health experts and community members. Participants are invited to discuss the studies and future research with the presenters, encouraging a mutual understanding of health research and its impact. Polling and text messaging are used to facilitate questions and comments across sites.

Each Our Community, Our Health event will feature researchers from a different site, and feedback from participants will be used to improve the forum as it continues to develop and expand. All events are open to the public.

 

Upcoming Our Community, Our Health events:

Institution Month, Date and Time Topic
University of Florida March 30, 2017 Zika Virus in Our Communities

NEW March 30, 2017: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Zika virus

Researchers from the University of Florida, the University of Miami and the Florida Department of Health are sharing the latest findings on the Zika virus to address community concerns at a national, live-streamed town hall event called Our Community, Our Health: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Zika Virus.

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February 21, 2017: HPV Vaccine: Taking a Shot Against Cancer

HealthStreet — a community engagement program at the University of Florida, is hosting its 12th National Our Community, Our Health (OCOH) event to discuss how the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent various types of cancer among people in our community.

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Recorded Live Stream

January 31, 2017: Addressing the Stigma: Intersections between HIV and Substance Abuse

HealthStreet – a community engagement program at the University of Florida– and the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium are hosting an engaging event, Our Community, Our Health (OCOH), to discuss relevant research addressing the stigma against HIV and drug and alcohol use.

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Recorded Stream Link

October 26, 2016:Understanding and Addressing Trauma Across the Life Span

HealthStreet – a community-engaged research initiative of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Institute, in partnership with Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, is hosting the 10th national Our Community, Our Health event (OCOH) to discuss the role that the trauma has on changing the face of our communities’ mental health care

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July 19, 2016: Nurses: Changing the Face of Health Care

HealthStreet – a community-engaged research initiative of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute – and the University of Florida College of Nursing are hosting the 8th national Our Community, Our Health event (OCOH) to discuss the role that the nurse has on changing the face of our communities’ health care. The OCOH town hall series facilitates two-way communication between researchers and community members across the country. We share ideas about priorities for health research and ways to communicate research findings. We blend ideas for research from multiple stakeholders.

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Recorded Stream Link 

June 30, 2016: Women’s Heart Health

HealthStreet, a community-engaged research initiative at the University of Florida, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, are hosting the 7th Our Community, Our Health event (OCOH) on women’s heart health. This town hall meeting facilitates two-way communication between the community and researchers. We share ideas about priorities for health research and ways to communicate research findings and blends ideas for research from multiple stakeholders across the country.

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Recorded Stream Link 

May 17, 2016: Mental Health Care Solutions in Our Communities

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Post-Event Resources 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Lung Cancer Research & Me: Everything I Wanted To Know

HealthStreet is partnering with the UF College of Journalism and Communications’ STEM/CTSI Translational Communication Research Program to host an informative, interactive and engaging live panel discussion about lung cancer research. Panelists include Dennie Jones, MD,  a board certified medical oncologist with expertise in the study and treatment of lung cancer. In addition to UF, participating sites included Florida Blue stores and six CTSAs. Through social media and text messaging, the one-hour forum provides local and virtual participants the opportunity to discuss the role of research in advancing the care of patients with lung cancer.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016: Breast Cancer Research & Me: Everything I Wanted To Know

HealthStreet partnered with the UF College of Journalism and Communications’ STEM/CTSI Translational Communication Research Program to host an informative, interactive and engaging live panel discussion about breast cancer research. Panelists included Karen Daily, D.O., a clinically-based investigator and educator at the UF Health Breast Center; Rebekah Bush, CCRC, a clinical research coordinator certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals; and Lisa Edwing, a 20-year breast cancer survivor. In addition to UF, participating sites included Florida Blue stores and six CTSAs. Through social media and text messaging, the one-hour forum provided local and virtual participants the opportunity to discuss the role of research in advancing the care of patients with breast cancer.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015: Marijuana Use Among Youth

In alignment with the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration’s celebration of National Recovery Month, Our Community, Our Health focused on research findings related to marijuana use among youth. The featured speaker was Dr. Maureen Boyle, Chief of the Science Policy Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The program also included music and performances by the University of Florida’s Arts in Medicine program.

Thursday, April 9, 2015: Type 1 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

The April 9 forum featured experts from the University of Florida and Health Literacy Missouri. Each researcher presented for about 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers. The program concluded with tips on how to talk to your healthcare provider about the topics discussed. HealthStreet hosted the event in Gainesville, Florida, and was joined by eight other Clinical and Translational Science Award sites across the country.